What Mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by bravenrace, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. bravenrace

    bravenrace LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
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    Thanks. I can see how those features would make them ride better, but an additional problem I've had with zero turns in the past was difficulty in keeping them going straight on bumpy terrain. This is as important to me as the ride comfort. Are these mowers also more stable on rough/bumpy terrain?
     
  2. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yes because there is less impact to the operator. Also straight lines come with practice.
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  3. bravenrace

    bravenrace LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 10

    Well I've had many years of practice, so I guess I'm a lost cause! But I'll tell you that when I demo'd a Walker I was immediately able to mow in a staighter line than I could with the zero turn I had been using for many years. That, and demo'ing other zero turns lead me to believe that zero turns were not as stable on bumpy terrain. That's just been my experience.
     
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Im sorry. Didn't mean to say your not experienced. Stick with what works for you. But if you can demo those machines I mentioned. Id like to hear your opinion on them compared to Walker.
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  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    A fixed front axle makes it hard to keep it straight. Most company use it and I dont get why. The ferris 3100 and the bigger diesel model have full independent suspension which keeps the machine from bouncing. The kubota 300 series also have a pivoting front axel. The kubota is what I use as well as an old 721d grasshopper.
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  6. doublesharp

    doublesharp LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like a Ferris Evolution 48" with the 27hp kaw fx751v would be a good fit.
     
  7. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
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    I'm a proud owner of the '13 Scag Cheetah (31 hp, 61", 3.5 acres), Purchased in April '13. WIth my rough property, I'm very pleased with the results. Cutting the property in half the time.......



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  8. ohbuckhunter

    ohbuckhunter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 140

    What part of Ohio are you from. And are you interested in selling the toro WB.
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  9. bravenrace

    bravenrace LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
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    Yes, I will be selling it after I buy a new mower. I'm located a little bit east of Akron.
     
  10. bravenrace

    bravenrace LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 10

    Thanks everyone for the replies. I will try out the machines you mentioned if I can. One thing I haven't heard about is their grass catching performance. My Ransomes has a pretty good grass catcher with a dumping hopper, but uses a hose from the blower to the hopper that can clog pretty easily. I need something that clogs less easily and I also need a dumping hopper. My old back can't take lifting bags out and dumping them manually.
     

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